SEGA’s long overdue mini versions of their 16 Bit Mega Drive / Genesis consoles will finally be available on September 19th.
SEGA have missed the mini console bandwagon by so much that they may just kick-start a resurgence when the Mega Drive / Genesis Mini finally hits stores.
First announced in April 2018 SEGA were originally aiming to release a mini version of their classic 16 Bit console to coincide with the Mega Drive’s 30th anniversary in Japan in October last year. Now the console will finally make it to market in September this year.
Delaying the classic units might be for the best though. SEGA decided against outsourcing the units to AtGames as originally planned. Instead they’ve brought the project in-house with their own M2 development team.
SEGA’s mini 16 Bit consoles will be marketed to match their full-sized counterparts for different regions across the globe. In the U.S, for example, the system will go by ‘Genesis’. The Japanese and European market versions will bear the ‘Mega Drive’ name with red or white trim respectively. Games will be region specific too.
Units will come pre-loaded with 40 titles including favourites like Sonic the Hedgehog, Ecco the Dolphin and Altered Beast. Also confirmed are save points and the Mega Drive’s more popular (than the three button original) six button joypads.
Pricing is expected to start at £70 for the base model or £90 with two controllers.